Peo­ple fas­ci­nated by the Bri­tish royal fam­ily won’t need to mark their cal­en­dars, writes

Sunday Times - - Review - Matthew Vice

Idare say we’ll have some cov­er­age on this else­where in the pa­per this month, but since my spiel now in­cludes the en­tire up­com­ing month rather than just the im­me­di­ate week, I’m prob­a­bly ob­li­gated to men­tion the wed­ding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, which you can watch live on Sat­ur­day May 19, itv Choice (chan­nel 123), from 10.25am through to 4pm. The cov­er­age will be hosted by Julie Etch­ing­ham and Phillip Schofield in a spe­cially con­structed stu­dio on the Long Walk in Wind­sor Great Park. Over the course of the day, the hosts will talk to a pro­ces­sion of guests such as friends of the royal fam­ily.

This is not quite my thing since I’ve never un­der­stood the ap­peal of celebrity wed­dings — but I’m sure my mother will be glued to the TV. She's al­ways been fas­ci­nated by the Bri­tish royal fam­ily. If you have a sim­i­lar fas­ci­na­tion, well, this is such a big event I doubt you’d need to mark it on your cal­en­dar.

Philip pet­ting the Queen

Oh, and here’s a lit­tle item that was prob­a­bly cre­ated to leech off the Royal wed­ding fever that’s go­ing around: Tonight, on itv Choice (chan­nel 123) at 22.20, you can watch the re­run of A Right Royal Quiz. It’s a sim­ple af­fair, hosted by Bri­tish TV per­son­al­ity Fern Brit­ton as she quizzes two celebrity teams on their knowl­edge of royal trivia, such as Prince Philip’s pet names for the queen.

Let’s see if I can find some­thing in a to­tally dif­fer­ent vein — prefer­ably one not car­ry­ing blue blood. OK, how about this? Did you know they made a car­toon se­ries out of the Dis­ney fea­ture film Big Hero 6? I didn’t. But I’ve men­tioned sev­eral times that I'm a fan of an­i­ma­tion — I’ve dab­bled in an­i­ma­tion and car­toon­ing, so I have an ap­pre­ci­a­tion of the art form. I don’t know if I’ll go out of my way to watch the se­ries, but I might catch an episode or two to see what it’s like.

Bay­max Re­turns will re­turn

Any­way, at the end of last month, the fea­ture length pi­lot of the se­ries, Bay­max Re­turns, aired on Dis­ney XD (chan­nel 304) and since the first of May, the se­ries has been on, week­days at 4:30pm and will con­tinue un­til Fri­day May 11. Don’t worry if you’ve missed any though, be­cause on the week­end of May 26 and 27 you can binge the en­tire se­ries from 2pm to 5pm on Sat­ur­day and Sun­day. So if you have kids who en­joyed the movie, tell them about the se­ries. The an­i­ma­tion looks pretty slick from the trail­ers I’ve seen, a sim­i­lar flat­graphic style to that of the Kim Pos­si­ble se­ries, which makes sense, com­ing as it does from the same pro­duc­ers. Let’s hope it has the same level of wit.

How low can you go, Dis­cov­ery?

In lieu of any­thing spec­tac­u­lar on the en­ter­tain­ment chan­nels this month, I turned to the doc­u­men­tary-fo­cused ones to try and find some­thing in­ter­est­ing, to no avail, but I did find some­thing to bitch about. I used to re­spect you, Dis­cov­ery Chan­nel (121), but I turn my back for a few years and this is what you start air­ing? Con­spir­acy the­ory pseudo jour­nal­ism and His­tory Chan­nel-level re­al­ity show shov­el­ware — shov­el­ware be­ing an old soft­ware term mean­ing quan­tity over qual­ity which I’m bend­ing to a new pur­pose here to de­scribe the filler shows like Street Out­laws, Naked and Afraid, Gold Rush and Sal­vage Hun­ters. Dis­cov­ery used to have real doc­u­men­taries too.

Now their lineup is typ­i­fied by my two ex­am­ples, What on Earth? (Fri­day, 8pm) and Mys­ter­ies of the Aban­doned: Spe­cial (Fri­day 9pm). Both are vac­u­ous shows at the best of times, but this week What on Earth? deals with a “pos­si­ble” un­known hu­man species and “pos­si­ble” gov­ern­ment ex­per­i­ments caus­ing the rise of a new is­land; and Mys­ter­ies of the Aban­doned asks the ques­tion “was Ch­er­nobyl an ac­ci­dent — or sab­o­tage?” Dun­dun-DUUUUN! You know, this is al­most on the level of those click-bait videos on

YouTube pro­claim­ing: Real Ghost Cought on Tape!!! [sic]. How much lower can you sink, Dis­cov­ery Chan­nel?

LLit­tle Dragon — Best Friends

This isn’t new new (it was re­leased over a month ago), but it’s only just crossed my radar. One of the coolest bands on Earth, above, re­turns with a catchy tune in the vein of some of their ear­lier electro-pop, up­beat songs like Sun­shine and Blink­ing Pigs. Not sure if the Swedes have a new al­bum on the hori­zon, but this song will keep fans go­ing (along with an­other newish, de­li­cious tune Sway Daisy). Here’s hop­ing they re­turn to our shores for a third time when they tour again.

Sein­abo Sey — Breathe

The Swedish soul-electro-pop chanteuse with the stun­ning and rich voice is back with a new song an­chored by some gor­geous strings. “When the go­ing gets rough and life gets tough — don’t for­get to breathe,” she sings on this in­spi­ra­tional pop song (we need those once in a while, no?). If you like Emeli Sande, Sey will be just your vibe.

Davido — As­sur­ance

Nige­rian pop su­per­star Davido, who has had ma­jor hits across the con­ti­nent over the past year, gives us an­other glo­ri­ously catchy song. He sticks to his sig­na­ture Afrobeat-in­spired pop pop sound, but this won’t be a dance­floor filler like his mega hits Fall, Like Dat and FIA (that’s “fire”). That’s be­cause it’s more laid back, but it’s a great song re­gard­less. Also, Davido re­ally likes mak­ing love songs. How is this dude al­ways so in love?


Pic­ture: Alexi Lubomirski/Getty Im­ages

In this photo pro­vided by Kens­ing­ton Palace, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle pose for an en­gage­ment photo at Frog­more House in De­cem­ber 2017 in Wind­sor, UK.

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